May is a very special month in our schools. It’s the month where we get to celebrate all of our staff for their incredible work. In addition, we get to celebrate our students with the Rising Stars awards and stepping up ceremonies, as well as look ahead to high school graduation. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating all these important days and achievements in our schools. Learn more:
- Staff Appreciation Week – We are celebrating all HPS Staff the week of May 3rd-7th! Learn more.
- Educator Appreciation Day – May 4th is Teacher Appreciation Day. This year, we invite you to send us a shout out to your teacher for us to share on the HPS social media pages. It’s been a challenging school year, and our educators have risen to the challenge. Help us celebrate them!
- School Lunch Heroes Day – This important appreciation day takes place on May 7th. Our food service workers played a critical role in ensuring all of our HPS families had access to food. Send us a message of appreciation and join us in celebrating how grateful we are for their contributions to our school community. See the flyer (en español) and download the letter form (en español) to fill out and give to your School Lunch Hero on this day!
- National School Nurses Week – Where would we be without our school nurses this year? May 6th-12th is National School Nurses Week and we want to be sure they know just how lucky we feel to have them in our schools. Join us in celebrating them by emailing us a message of thanks.
- Shine On Day – In memory of Genesis Silva Thursday, May 27th is Shine On Day at HPS! Genesis attended Peck school and would have been celebrating her 15th birthday on May 27th. In honor of Genesis, we invite you to perform a random act of kindness. It is easy to perform a random act of kindness. If you need ideas, Genesis enjoyed music, being read to, the sound of percussion instruments and playing with them, and singing. Read to someone! Volunteer in a special needs classroom – her SHINE CLASS would love to be read to. They also love dancing and singing. Volunteer at a school. Donate blood!. Please spread random acts of kindness around HPS. Visit the Genesis Silva Facebook page for ideas and to post what you did!
- And don’t forget to Show us your Shot! As time goes on, more and more Holyoke residents are getting their COVID-19 vaccine as they become eligible. For many, this marks a turning point in the pandemic. That is why we’d like to share your vaccine photo. When you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, take a picture and send it to us! Tell us why you’re getting the vaccine or who you’re getting it for.*